Shanghai World Expo expected to leave lasting memories on visitors

14:47, March 30, 2010      

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by Zhang Xin, Li Xuemei

The upcoming World Expo 2010 in Shanghai would leave "indelible memories" on visitors, said chief of the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions (BIE).

In a recent interview with Xinhua, BIE Secretary General Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales, who recently flew more frequently between Paris and Shanghai, said he longed for the exposition with the same eagerness as test visitors, who will be able to have a sneak preview.

Loscertales, a silver-haired senior, sitting at his office at the BIE headquarters, said the preparatory work has proceeded into the stage of laying interior furnishings into expo pavilions, and the receptive capability test would be conducted afterwards.

"During the five days after April 20, we will test the receptive capability of the Expo site with visitors ranging from 100,000 on the first day to 250,000 on the second, and to 500,000 on the last, which is the estimated daily receptive capability of the site," Loscertales said.

The BIE chief said test visitors to the Expo, most of whom are Shanghai citizens, are "lucky guys."

"To tell the truth, though I have walked through the whole site, I didn't enter every pavilion. Sometimes I just stood at the entrance to have a peek. There are always workers busy with furnishing."

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